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>>> we begin with breaking news on this tuesday, april 6th. >>> tragedy in west virginia. a huge jump overnight in the number of miners killed by an underground explosion. >> now, more than two dozen, plunging a community into mourning. >> it's a coal mining community. when you hear that many ambulances, it has to be something bad. >> this morning, the latest on the recovery mission. and looking into a company with a history of problems. >>> good morning. and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm todd connor, in for jeremy hubbard today. the explosion at a west virginia coal mine has now become the nation's worst such disaster in a quarter-century. >> overnight, massey energy announced that 25 of its miners are dead. and the dangerous mission to rescue four more has stopped. when families were told the news overnight, some became hysterical. >> this is taking place at the upper big branch main. t.j. winick is tracking the overnight developments for us. t.j.? >> reporter: the explosion at the undergrod coal mine happened about 3:00 monday afternoon. miner steve smi
the bill would allow district residents to buy guns and ammunition in maryland and virginia. the bill would also repeal registration requirements. there is a curious line in -- in the 19-page bill that seems to strip the district of columbia of its ability to make any laws related to gun control. we will talk about that tonight. also we are going to ask officials about that and ask about the possible political motivations behind the introduction of the bill right now. so that's a story we are working on. tonight we will have more at 11:00. >> lot going on there. thank you, craig. >>> former tooid d.c. council member jim graham pleaded not guilty to bribery charges today. ted losa is charged with taking cash and services in exchange for pushing laws farable to the taxi cabin industry. prosecutors say that he accepted more than $30,000 along with trips, limo rides, meals. graham denies any wrongdoing and says that he's cooperating with the authorities. law enforcement authorities told "the washington post" graham is not the target of their investigation. >>> welling the deal is done, folks. w
tomorrow. same time, same channel. an update on the tragic mine explosion in west virginia, the deadliest u.s. mining disaster in 26 years, 25 miners dead, four still missing, screen left, you see the microphones set up for the morning briefing, we expect that within the hour, good morning, everybody, that's where we start, i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom" and welcome back to martha. martha: good morning to you, good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum and this massive explosion ripping through what is known as the upper big branch mine and it happened during a shift change yesterday. we're just learning that this mine had six violations , dealing with ventilation issues alone, just this year. that is since january. last year, the mine faced 48 what are called unwarrantable failure orders which are considered quite serious. among the dead in yesterday's blast, and we're learning all of these individual stories now as it comes to light, in one situation, three members of the same family, an uncle and two of his nephews who were all working together were found in close pr
the confederacy heats up, mississippi governor haley barbour weighing in saying why should virginia's governor have mentioned slavery in his proclamation? we will talk with historian douglas brink about the real history of the war and why now, many try to rewrite it. >>> keeping them honest, the ten continue family who sent their newly adopted russian child back, putting him on a plane alone and not even telling russian officials he was coming. this 17-year-old justin hanson that we are talking about, there he is, we blurred his image because of his age and the situation he was involved n he was adopted only about six months ago but last week, he showed up, as you probably know, up announced at russia's child protection ministry with a note from his adopted family saying he was violent and the mom was misled by adoption officials in russia. russian officials are furious, threatening to suspend all adoption buys americans. today, tennessee law enforcement officials held a news conference but the truth is as you are going to see, they are having trouble investigating the case because just answer
in the mountains, western maryland, west virginia into the upper 40s. and in southern virginia, in the upper 50s. and over the last 12 hours, we've seen the circulation in the atmosphere that triggered yesterday's storms, pulling off to our north and east. a little drizzle around this morning. and as the day progresses, we'll have the winds picking up. highs reaching the low 60s. and quite a bit of cloudiness, just the slight chance of a sprinkle early this morning and later on in the afternoon. more sun tomorrow, highs mid 60s. and near 80 by friday. how's the traffic, engineer? >>> the drive along i-95 uncomplicated. but as tom had mentioned, some patches of light rain, mist, coming down. so the roads may be a little slick. but out of dumfries and dale city, accident-free. interstate 270, wet pavement this morning. authorities were checking for an accident in the local lanes, 270 southbound between 78 and montrose road. and watch out, it will be slick this morning. >>> well you'll have a chance this evening to pay your respects to the late civil rights pioneer, dorothy height. she's died last
andrews air force base, over on the beltway close to pennsylvania avenue. let me take you to virginia. 395 traffic not found on the 14th street bridge, that crashed on the d.c. side of the bridge is a doozy. there's a lot of equipment on the scene with only one lane getting by. if you take mass-transit, i have no major disruptions. they are on normal service. >> it is 6:00. in our top story, the growing death toll in the wake of the strong storms that tore across the nation's south. authorities say at least 12 people are dead after high wind from a tornado leveled hundreds of palms. the same storm system is responsible for the severe weather here. courtney robinson is in the newsroom with more on that. good morning. >> what we did see was heavy rain and wind. in comparison, it is not much to what the south and midwest experienced since thursday, more than 80 twisters spotted. more than twice the number in all of march. 10 people are dead, including a baby and two children, killed by tornadoes in mississippi. if the twister left roughly to london mile-long track of destruction in the state.
and the panhandle of west virginia. today, just thunderstorms. there are showers of to the west of leesburg. debbie pockets coming down. mainly cloudy today with a glimpse of sunshine. off and on showers, a rumble of thunder, high temperatures around 70. >> now to lisa baden. >> beltway travel and interstate travel looks fine. 395 north on the d.c. side of the 14th street bridge. in the virginia camera, 395 north towards the 14th street bridge, looks like everything is moving nicely. they are moving the camera around to get a glimpse of the crash on the other side of the bridge. no evidence of it. it's near the exit at 12th street. no worries. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story this morning, the death toll in the wake of strong storms that tore across the nation'souths. 12 people are dead after high winds from a tornado leveled hundreds of homes. the same storm system is responsible for severe weather here on the weekend. courtney robinson has more on the weather. good morning. >> we did see some heavy rain and wind. in comparison, it is not much compared with what the south and midwest e
. in virginia, nothing on the camera is spotted. out of springfield to get to tysons, headlights to or the pentagon are good. back to you. >> thank you. >>> wall street reform will get a second look today on capitol hill after the gop dealt democrats a major setback. republicans blocked efforts to begin debate on overhauling the financial regulation system. democrats need 60 votes. they ended up three short. majority leader harry reid is expected to try to call a second vote later today. our top story, all eyes on goldman sachs. deguzman giant is facing accusations that it bet against the american people and turned a profit on the country's economic collapse. -- the investment giant. it's going to capitol hill today and expected to deny investor fraud. >> when the hearing gets underway later today we will expect to hear from the goldman sachs ceo lloyd blankfein. he will start by thanking taxpayers for the bank bailout, noting that goldman has paid back with interest. he could face tough questions from lawmakers. goldman sachs executives could face a grilling on the hill today. >
grumman is moving its headquarters from los angeles to the d.c. area. yesterday they chose virginia over maryland and d.c.. the exact site remains unclear. up to 150 new jobs in our area is what it will mean. >> last month's mass shooting in southeast d.c., police arrested 21-rolled jeffrey best. the police chief says this is the final arrest in the case. best is also charged in the mouth 27 shooting death of jordan howe. -- march 27 shooting. >>> we have exclusive video of the underwear bomber training in yemen. abdulmutallab deshawn firing weapons and should speaking in arabic about his impending attack. -- is shown firing weapons. more beginning at 7:00 this morning on that. >> who says you cannot fight city hall? the district dismissed 70,000 parking tickets in 2009. >> we will head back down south where the cleanup continues to day after the deadly twisters. >> first we will find out if any more severe weather is in the forecast. >> people are assessing damage after the deadly tornadoes that swept through the south. nearly 700 homes were damaged over the weekend in mississippi alone
on the beltway in virginia. road crews are set up at 50. 395 where it meets 95. and 66. speaking of 66, i want to show you the drive is nice and quiet out of manassas continuing through centreville. we are seeing construction on 270. it is heading northbound between montgomery village avenue and clopper road. already a few morning drivers out there. 95 northbound. we have construction here at powder mill. drivers are losing three lanes because of it. it should be clearing in the next half hour or so. look at the outer loop. in maryland doing fine. the outer loop between river road and the spur is where you can expect to see road crews on the side of the road. and i can't recollect back to you. >>> it's business as usual on captiol hill. the republicans say no to a democratic proposal and the democrats say they will try again. the issue, president obama's push for financial reform. randall pinkston has more. >> reporter: the third straight day republicans will try to pry open the door to financial reform. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: they blocked debate on the measure for a seco
whether survivors made it into the escape rooms in a west virginia coal mine. rescuers are starting to go down the mine shaft. >>> fighter jets scramble for what appeared to be a threat on united airlines flight last night. a diplomat is accused of causing a major scare. >>> look at the person sitting next to you. chances are really good only one of you will pay any federal income tax this year. although i have to say whoever is sitting next to you at this hour is probably the person you woke up with. >>> breaking news, four rescue teams are ready to go into the coal mine in west virginia to search for four missing miners. it has been almost four days since an explosion killed 25 miners. the air quality inside the mine has been do dangerous for rescuers to look for survivors. it could take them about three hours just to reach the area where the miners might be. >> as we proceed, there will be judgments made about how far they do continue on the rescue efforts, based on the conditions that they run into, and this is always, you know, an activity that we get into in mine rescue. we are hope
in prince george's county. watching this light rain, scattered showers moving into virginia out of the carolinas and the tennessee valley. that will be with us time to time throughout the rest of the day, occasional passing light shower, highs reaching the low 60s. but this rain activity should end this evening. then we get sunshine back tomorrow, morning lows in the upper 40s, afternoon highs near 70. then partly cloudy on friday. morning lows mid-40s, afternoon highs again near 70 degrees. as we get into the weekend, looks like we're going to have a wet pattern come in. saturday looks like we could get showers. morning lows in the mid 40, afternoon highs mid-60s. looks like heavier rain may move in sunday. now jerry, how's the traffic on this wednesday morning? >> tom, good morning. we're doing fine. good morning everyone. the drive along 395 quiet so far and at this point appears to be on dry pavement. good news if you're getting ready to hang out. let's go over to maryland and head over to the american legion bridge from the maryland shoreline. right side is the outer loop.
in the panhandle of west virginia up into pennsylvania, some scattered showers across west virginia and into the ohio valley. that area of low pressure is going to be coming down our way later on today, and before that we may see a little sun this morning. but overall, a cloudy day, some showers by midday and then perhaps some afternoon thunderstorms, some of which may be severe. could produce some hail and damaging winds. that would be from about 3:00 orr 4:00 in the afternoon all the way through perhaps early evening this evening. highs reaching near 70 before then. things should settle down by late this evening and by dawn tomorrow maybe lingering light showers. after that we ought to get sunshine back by tomorrow afternoon with highs in the mid 60s. then the weather does settle down considerably midweek. we veal the shine back on wednesday. should be partly cloudy. morning lows near 40. afternoon highs into the mid 60s. then lots of sunshine for thursday with highs near 70. let's check traffic on this monday morning. jerry, how is it look sng. >> good morning to you. good mornin
between the prince william parkway up to backlick. that is stop and go. the beltway in virginia, i'm giving it two thumbs up. making your way from 95 to 66. no incidents. hey, maryland, 270, what's up on this interstate? going southbound at speed father hurley to the split. and we have a metro alert to tell you about. the green light is single tracking it. as we take a look on-line at our weather computer. it is single tracking between the prince georges plaza and fort totten because of broken down equipment at west hyattsville. >>> at the top of the hour you will see the signs today, make it a no phone day in the car. it is an attempt to draw attention to distracted driving. we are calling it the great hang up. kristin fisher has more on the story. >> reporter: good morning. well, from our campaign, the great hang up to the national no phone day, both are aimed at doing the same thing and that is exactly what the sign says behind me. you will see it in just a minute. it is urging people to take the pledge too put down their cell phones while driving. you may not know it by driving
. live in vince, la larks i'm jay gray. jim, back to you. >> jay, thank you. >>> northern virginia congressman jim moran says today he asked the interior secretary to reconsider a allowing offshore drilling. in the letter congressman moran says regardless of ideology the situation should give everyone pause regarding expansion of offshore drilling. it is becoming increasingly likely the gulf states are looking at an economic and environmental disaster not seen since the exx"exxon valdez." moran says virginia's fishing and coastal tourism industries are vital to the economy. and if exploration off the virginia coast. make sure the scope of the problems is understood before any drilling permits or leases are allowed. >>> there may now be a criminal probe of the company that runs the west virginia mine where 29 people died earlier this month. a federal law enforce many official says that the fbi has interviewed nearly t two dozen former and current massey energy employees. the official says the fbi is looking for evidence that the richmond based company engaged in criminal negligence
county in the low 40s. it's below freezing in the mountains of western maryland and west virginia, near 30 degrees there. near 40 now on the eastern shore. mid-40s through southern virginia. and over the last 12 hours we've had the afternoon clouds break up and overnight we cleared out and starting off clear and chilly this morning. later on today, blustery northwest winds. it's going to be cool with lots of sunshine, though, highs reaching the low to mid-60s. and then another chilly night tonight. back down to near 40 degrees by dawn tomorrow. but with bright april sun and a diminishing wind on thursday we should make it to near 70. then feeling like summertime on friday and saturday, both days highs climbing into the low 80s, morning lows near 50 on friday, near 60 on saturday. we'll take a look at sunday and next week coming up this half hour. how's traffic? >> as we get under way, pretty quiet. had a bunch of road work, now looks like we're doing well on the beltway near arlington boulevard and in the overnight hours authorities were detouring traffic off the inner loop to i-66 beca
, virginia, and it happened sometime after midnight last night. megan lagrath has the story on how it all started. >> well, good morning. this all began with a call to 911, smnl reporting that a family member was in psychiatric distress. police responded and inside the apartment, they found a very agitated man, they say. they say that officers had no choice but to use a taser. that man later died. police say paramedics were on the scene when the man went into cardiac arrest. but despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. investigators are now waiting for the relates of an autopsy to see if the use of a taser played a role in the man's death. it all began just after 12:30 this morning with a 911 call. a resident at the wildwood park apartments on columbia pike said a visiting family member was having a psychiatric emergency. according to a police spokesman, when officers arrived, they encountered a naked, agitated man. >> they found an unclothed and uncooperative male. the officers were forced to deploy a taser to bring him under control. shortly thereafter, they notice
side, maryland. 39 in springfield and dale city. 37 in manassas. 39 martinsburg, west virginia. when a nice day it will be today. plenty of sunshine today. that's how the irish republican army would say it. 76 degree. >> we have a wrinkle the rush hour. folks coming out of fredericksburg, 95 northbound before you get to -- sorry, north of route 3 before route 17, accident to the left. trackter tiler involved. route 3 to route 1 to 17, back over to i-95. relatively easy. overnight road work, the interchange at quantico should be wrapped up. let's head over to see how we are doing elsewhere. road work on the inner loop. braddock road, few moments ago, flashing lights. they are still out there. >> jerry, thank you. >>> it is now 18 minutes before the top of the hour. why there's suddenly more rest for the weary along virginia's highways. >> search for two missing cousins. why their cell phones could be a crucial clue about what happened to them. >>> a father ar renchlgts cue efforts continue in china following strong earthquakes that struck a mountainous reege original near tibet yester
in the search for four missing west virginia miners. toxic air has forced rescuers out of the mine. we'll take you to the scene. >>> plus, questions we've been asking about toyota executives all along. what did they know about the safety problems? when did they know it? when were they warned? today we have a troubling new answer. >>> also, virginia's governor still says there should be a confederate history month. he's apologizing for leaving out any reference to slavery in his original proclamation. that is not soothing his critics. people on both sides are up in arms over thisser shoe. they're blogging about it like mad. we're going to step back. we're going to take a deep breath and have an honest discussion about the confederacy and what role it plays in american history. should there be a confederate history month? if you haven't chimed in, go to facebook and do it now on my facebook page. >>> as i said, let's go right back to vest wirnlg wirnlg and follow up on what is going on. brooke baldwin is in naoma, west virginia. they have had a serious setback in their attempts to reach those fo
this morning. we have a few clouds out of west virginia, virginia. lighter sprinkles passed north overnight, and temperatures on the cooler side in spots. gaithersburg, baltimore 43. it is 43 culpeper. 48 fredericksburg. 53 southern maryland and hello our friends on the eastern shore you are at 45. looking at the day at a glance, a chilly start and warm finish. we will be in the lo 60s pretty quickly. 70s for lunchtime and even warmer over the weekend. it is 5:00. good morning. happy friday, angie. >>> doesn't that sound nice? happy friday. we are already geared up for the weekend. don't worry. we're going to get there. 66 no problems to report from manassas to inside the beltway. taking it to the beltway in virginia, check it out, the construction has cleared near 985 and 236 and also around 66. hello, maryland, lanes with wide open from 121 to the split on 270. back to realtime graphics and show you pennsylvania avenue, branch avenue and crane highway. all of the roads are accident free and call it a wrap with a look at inbound new york avenue. we are moving at speed between the washingto
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in virginia. he has called of course within the last 24 hours for an investigation and a report to be on his desk by next week on the mine safety situation nationally. he wants to know what has been done, where are the violations, and what steps can be taken? also, of course, the senators from west virginia, senator byrd, senator rockefeller similarly calling for an investigation. hearings are already going to be held. we've heard a lot of criticism of the massey energy company. the president is now coming out of the oval office. on airforce one from prague he was first notified of the letter today from justice john paul stevens, the longest serving justice right now on this court. the president. >> i want to say a few words about the tragedy that took place this week in west virginia, but before i do, i'd first like to comment on the news that justice john paul stevens will retire from the supreme court at the end of its current term. when president ford was faced with a supreme court vacancy shortly after the nation was still recovering from the watergate scandal, he wanted a nominee who w
survived. kerry sanders tonight, thank you. >>> president obama was in west virginia today, carrying out one of the toughest duties any president has, serving as comforter in chief for the grieving. in this case, the loved ones of those 29 coal miners lost in a mining disaster just three weeks ago. nbc's mike viqueira reports tonight from beckley, west virginia. >> nothing i or the vice president or the governor, none of the speakers here today, nothing we say can fill the hole they leave in your hearts. or the absence that they leave in your lives. >> reporter: it's been three weeks since the worst mine disaster in 40 years. 29 west virginia miners lost at the upper big branch. today, after the catastrophe and the controversy, a time to mourn. >> these miners lived as they died, in pursuit of the american dream. >> reporter: friends, family, and fellow miners gathered in beckley, the heart of coal country, where they heard president obama pledge the lives lost at the mine would not be in vain. >> our task here on earth is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy. to do what
to the beltway in virginia, volume is picking up. no incidents or accidents just volume. and then an accident in fairfax county, virginia that we are keeping an eye on. as we go 0 to the maps i can show you northbound 7100 between pope head road and braddock road. an overturned vehicle here. use caution. only taking away the right lane. and ya, back to you. >>> at the top of the hour, a story that could affect your commute for a long time. >>> the board of directors will vote on this proposal this morning. so let's take a minute and break it down and look at what this plan is going to entail. starting with the big money maker for metro and it would be more rate hikes. rail fares increase by 30 cents and bus fares up 25 cents. and that change alone would bring in $90 million for metro. in addition to those rate hikes, the plan cut calls for cuts in service, especially on weekends and that is what has everyone talking he is proposing stopping rail service at 2:00 a.m. instead of 3:00 a.m. on friday and saturday nights and close eight entrances after p.m. on weekend and that's not all. take a li
gray. doreen, jim, back to you. >> jay, thank you. >>> man from virginia died after he was tasered by police in arlington. the officers say they were trying to control the man in an apartment on columbia pike and that's when they used a taser gun. that man died this morning. derrick ward is in arlington and has more on this. >> reporter: we are learning a bit more about the victim that died in the third-floor apartment in this building during the incident you just talked about. we are also learning more about the training that police officers typically undergo and what's men to be non-lethal force. when police responded to the call for a psychiatric emergency at the wild wood apartment in arlington, they encountered adil jouamai. he had been staying here with relatives. >> family member that initiated the call to the police department. >> reporter: police say he was nude and uncooperatedive and there was a struggle. an officer use ad taser on the 32-year-old man. they noticed he was not breathing. >> already dispatched to the scene and they were there and provided medical treatment
that it has not yet reached. >>> president barack obama travel to west virginia today to pay tribute to the men killed in the mind tragedy. the president told the families of the miners who died that the nation will honor their memories by improving mine safety. >> mr. obama and vice president biden traveled to west virginia to honor those killed in the explosion. they met with the families of those whose lives have been changed forever. they vowed that changes will be made. with president barack obama looking on, the families of the 29 collin miners -- fallen miners stepped forward. >> we have been morning with you throughout these difficult days. >> mr. obama says he will now do whatever he needs to to make sure something like this never happens again. >> we will do what we have to do it to make sure that there are safe conditions underground. [applause] >> the april this explosion is considered the worst mining disaster in a generation. the deceased miners were discovered deep underground. the year -- federal regulators believe the explosion was caused by a buildup of methane gas
you, suzanne. >>> the governor of virginia's comments on cnn about confederate history month ignite a firestorm, but he seems to have at least one su >> there's a sort of feeling that this is insensitive. that you clearly don't agree. >> to me, it's the kind of feeling that it's a nit, that it is not significant, that it's not -- he's trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't amount to diddley. >> mississippi governor haley barbour now in the middle of this debate. what else did he have to say? you'll hear it here on cnn. and we'll talk to a few confederate re-enactors. what do they think of this controversy? >>> and cnn political editor mark preston, coming to you for a preview of the big supreme court nomination battle. and time for you to weigh in. log on to the social networking sites. if you have heartburn more than one day a week, try prilosec otc. it shuts down many acid-producing stomach pumps for twenty-four hours of heartburn protection with just one pill a day. for frequent heartburn, try prilosec otc. black one! where? [ vrrroooooomm! ] black one! where? [
malveaux at the white house tonight. thank you, suzanne. >>> the governor of virginia's comments on cnn about confederate history month ignite a firestorm, but he seems to have at least one supporter among his ranks. >> there's a sort of feeling that this is insensitive. >> to me, it's the kind of feeling that it's a nit, that it is not significant, that it's not -- he's trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't amount to diddly. >> mississippi governor haley barbour now in the middle of this debate. what else did he have to say? you'll hear it here on cnn. and we'll talk to a few confederate reenactors. what do they think of this controversy? >>> and cnn political editor mark preston, coming to you for a preview of the big supreme court nominee battle. and time for you to weigh in. ♪ is that your new car ? uh... yeah ? cool. thanks. i knew i wanted a subaru legacy. i went back and forth on the hood scoop... but i'm glad i went for it. the subaru legacy. feel the love. the subaru legacy. home of one of the coldest, longest nights on the planet. and asked frequent heartbu
explosion at a coal mine in west virginia to send a signal to any possible survivors of monday's disaster. the rescuers just finished drilling the first of several holes to release any deadly gas. once they vent that, they can try to search underground. >>> president obama heads to the czech republic tonight. he's going to sign a new nuclear weapons treaty with russia. the two countries are agreeing to cut more nuclear arms. the treaty also includes new limits on missiles and bombers. >>> three teens accused of bullying a student who committed suicide have pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. two of them are charged with statutory rape and two accused of civil rights violation and harassment. phoebe prince killed herself in january after months of intense bullying by classmates. >>> we want to welcome you back, good morning. if you're just shaking the sleep out of your eyes, we're glad to have you. >>> so far rescuers are getting no response from the signals they're sending into a coal mine in west virginia. they're searching and hoping that four minors that are missing from monday'
year old boy in northern virginia. police say his older brother fought back. >> plane diverted from dulles airport. >>> it comes down to game seven tonight. the caps are trying not to go home. loudoun county schools are about to make some changes. the kids will probably love it. but teachers and other school employees won't. good evening. i'm jim vance. >> i'm doreen gentzler. the loudoun county school board decided that there will be two furlough days during the next school year. schools in the county will close and no activities will be scheduled. the county says the furloughs will save jobs. aaron gilchrist joins us now with the story. hi, aaron. >> doreen and jim, it was a choice nobody wanted to make. fire nearly 400 employees or cut every school employee's salary. effectively that's what the furlough does and today loudoun county faculty and staff learned exactly when that will happen. mill road elementary school today a fifth grade lesson on the periodic table for their teacher and all 10 thousand school employees in loudoun county. today meant the difficult math lesson. >> l
's five-day forecast. >>> new tonight, police released video of a b heist in northern virginia. a fast-food restaurant with customers inside. prisons william county police say they're not the only brazen bandits on the run. wisdom martin has the latest. >> reporter: we're talking about three different crimes and groups of suspects but what makes this so stunning is the fact that they're so aggressive and bold when they're committing these crimes. tonight police are releasing surveillance video of the suspect in action in hopes of getting them off the streets. this is just released surveillance video captured at wendy's on old bridge rode a few months ago around 9:00 just after customers placed their orders, police say two masked men rushed in. >> two suspects came in. one is going to stay at the front counter. and then the other is going to jump over. and take the manager with him to the back room. >> reporter: he struck the manager in the head and forced him to the ground. eventually he forced that same manager to open the safe. took the money, and ran away. >> there is always a poten
, steve handelsman. he is live maoma, west virginia. >> reporter: the mood is grim because the news is bad. they couldn't drill that hole to get the camera down but got the fires down and now the rescue teams are headed back in. the bad news from the overnight search left a lot of local miners less hopeful. >> it is no good whenever at first you have to be deployed, lets your hopes down a little bit. >> reporter: rescue teams made it to the one chamber. officials had hoped at least three missing miners, maybe all four, had taken refuge. as seen in the optimistic animation. in fact the chamber was still folded, unused. >> as a coal miner, you know what i means when they saw that shelter had not been deployed. >> absolutely, yeah. it means that that was their last chance, refuge, and if it had not been taken, advantage of, then -- chances are, like i said, are slim to none that we are going to see those guys again. >> reporter: monday's explosion had been hot. fire still burned. blocking rescuers' way to the second chamber and were ordered out. >> it is very emotional for all the rescuers. w
in and out of baltimore, and good on 95 in virginia. back to you. >> thank you. >>> breaking news, arlington police are investigating the death. we know it happened sometime overnight along the 5500 block of columbia pike. we have a group for on the way. >> we are turning to the latest developments from the gulf coast on this friday. oil is washing ashore in the mississippi river delta. morris on the way. this is just the beginning. the leak from a sunken oil rig could be worse than the exxon valdez spill 20 years ago. the federal parliament is moving quickly to contain the disaster. courtney robinson has the latest. >> this oil deep within the gulf waters just off the coast of louisiana is threatening to wipe out hundreds of marine species and with it -- >> nobody knows where that oil spill is at. >> the fishing industry that relies on what is beneath the surface. >> this is of national significance. >> oil seen as a reached the coast with thicker oil off the coast. a state of emergency is in place. the federal government is stepping in, using oil- dispersing chemicals. they're using experi
to take pictures out on a bike ride. they are glad to have her home. >>> west virginia's governor ordered an immediate inspection of all underground coal mines in the wake of the deadly explosion. the 29 miners died as a result of the explosion in the massey energy mine. so far, high levels of gas have made it too dangerous to go back inside the mine. >>> batteries are to play in the package expansion -- explosion at a ups warehouse this morning. the explosion was an accident. >>> jon and kate gosselin will not face charges after questions about child labor laws. they said the dead child labor permits should have been it required an order for their children to appear on the television show. state lawmakers are reviewing their child labor laws for television and movie production. >>> hundreds of iceland residents are evacuating their homes due to a volcano. they have evacuated 800 residents. rivers near the glacier are rising, but the melted ice is a leading to flooding of fears. the volcano first erupted last month after sitting dormant for 200 years. >> volcanos in iceland -- a contradic
virginia. here's a look at the satellite. the last of the rain showers long gone now across the southeastern tip of virginia, northeast north carolina moving away from us. so we do have really thick fog this morning, primarily from frederick, maryland to the northern virginia piedmont, that will last through 9:00 or 10:00, then plenty filled with sunshine our skies will by later on this afternoon. high temperatures today upper 50s to low and mid-60s so a hint cooler than average. but the big time warm-up returns for thursday and friday. jerry, over to you. >> all right, chuck. good morning. let's see how we're doing. some areas shrouded by fog, this is 95, north from lorton. the visibility pretty decent to the capital beltway. along i-270, plenty of fog as you make the trip south to germantown and south, so be aware of it. some of that fog you come up on it rapidly with little notice. folks you can see slamming on brakes, be cautious. >> good morning to you, thank you. >> good morning, jerry. shocking new developments regarding the firing of hundreds of d.c. teachers. six mo
, west virginia. the chaplain: father, we ask you to strengthen the courage of the representatives and congress. sent here men and women to do what a right. make it plain, father. we lease the same wisdom that brought these 50 states together to form this great united states of america. allow it to fall fresh among this great governing body as they make decisions affecting over 300 million americans. father, at this time we join our hearts, minds and spirits for our fellow miners in west virginia who have suffered a great loss in the midst of tragedy. out of the depths of our pressing need, praying that i will draw near onto us during this dark hour of time in jesus name, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from alabama, mr. griffith. mr. griffith: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, i
in the river. >>> people in central virginia may have felt the earth sway last night. geologists say that the richmond area was hit with a magnitude 2.3 earthquake. the u.s. geological survey says that it struck at 12:12 a.m. and centered 15 miles west-northwest of ashland. there were no injuries and there are no reports of damage. >>> and wow, what a day it is out there today. >> everything is in bloom. including that pollen popping out there. in fact, it will feel more like summer. pretty darned soon, veronica joins us with your first forecast. >> that it will. and for the evening here, it is going to continue to be nice across the area. if you have been putting off that evening walk or the evening jog because it has been too chilly for you, get out there this evening. take a look. they will morning we started out in the 30s and 40s. 32 degrees in manassas. centreville, too. starting out right at the freezing mark. ft. belvoir, 34. we were in the low 40s around the district. but -- with the sunshine today, wind out of the west, we have gotten up to the 70s. first day this woke. fin
disaster. rescue personnel and equipment arriving at the mine near month coal, west virginia. >> you can't explain the feeling you get in your stomach when you know something is bad. >> reporter: more than a dozen coal miners are said to be trapped underground. massey energy company owns the performanceoal company about 30 miles south of charleston. >> we really just came to pray because we don't have immediate family in the mines but we know so many people that work here. our pastor works at this mine from our church. he wasn't in the mine. he's here. and we're just praying. all we can do as a community is come together and pray. >> reporter: we believe this is the mine in a satellite i image from google earth. upper big branch produced 1.2 million tons of coal last year. it has about 200 employee, most of whom work underground. state safety officials say the mine has emergency oxygen supply, escape routes and air tight chambers designed to provide enough air to keep miners alive for four days if they can't make their way out after an accident like this one. west virginia requires all u
across far south western virginia lifting in our direction. you can get the sense there's another big block down here in southwestern virginia that is rain free. that's our late morning, early afternoon time frame around here. as a result, we'll have many more dry hours coming up for late this morning into early this afternoon. but with the warm front lifting in our direction, we'll get into the warm sector, the more unstable part of the atmosphere is. that will bring up a chance for some showers and thunderstorms coming up later on today. even a slight risk again for today of severe weather from the washington area down into parts of the eastern carolinas. there's our future cast model. the main area of low pressure is still a long ways from coming through our area. as a result, thunderstorm chances around for late this afternoon and this evening and another opportunity for a rumble or two coming up during the day on monday for today, showers around first thing this morning. might get a break or two of sunshine around noontime before the showers and possibility of thunderstorms cook
baden on the commute. >> 95 virginia northbound coming out of potomac mills to get through woodbridge is forced.-- the worst. in the district near the convention center they still have a lot of barricades' to move out of the roadway, mainly on the southern end of the convention center. every thing should be clear by the time you get there. light traffic volume in the district where they had the nuclear summit. everything should be open by the time you get there. if new york avenue looks good. a little portion of madison avenue is closed, but we are optimistic. let's look at traffic in virginia. springfield. the headlights are northbound leaving springfield for the pentagon. now to breaking news. >> we begin with the breaking news from western china. a strong earthquake has killed at least 200 people and injured thousands more. the 6.5 quake struck in the qinghai province, near the szechuan province where a 2000 earthquake killed 68,000 people. people fled to the streets in panic as buildings began collapsing. rescuers are trying to free people trapped in rubble. >> our other top story
tomorrow on that deadly west virginia mine explosion. on sunday, president obama and vice president biden attended a memorial service for the 29 miners in buckley, west virginia. the president told the miners' families that he would work for safer mining work environments. >> we cannot bring back the 29 men we lost. they're with the lord now. our task here on earth is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy. to do what we must do individually and collectively to assure safe conditions underground. >>> gl. >> a preliminary report says the cause of the blast was a buildup of methane gas or coal dust. >>> before he traveled to west virginia, the president was in north carolina. an armed man who was spotted at the airport as the president was leaving is under arrest. 23-year-old joseph sean mcvey of ohio was charged with a misdemeanor. police saw mcvey in a parking lot getting out of his car with a side arm. he was not near the president's plane, which had just departed. authorities said he had formulas for rifle scopes. he's being held on a $100,000 bail. >>> they're close, but
or longer to tackle. >>> plans for drilling oil off the coast of maryland and virginia are still in the works. this disaster could change that. we will take a look at that at abc 7 news at 6:00. >>> here is what else we're watching -- the temperature. we could be in for a hot weekend, with temperatures headed toward the 90's. putting away the sweaters or good? -- for good? >> let's take you up to our rooftop camera and look at the skies. it is clear once again appeared we're in the 80's in most places. -- it is clear once again. we are in the 80's in most places. 72 in annapolis. let's look at temperatures for tonight. we will fall through the 70's. 62 should be below. it will be a very miles 9. we could tie or break record highs. -- a very mild night. we could tie corporate record highs this weekend -- tie or break record highs this weekend. >> you can always get an update on our website wjla.com, available 24/7. >>> a man died after being taser by arlington police. it is the second time in as many months that the supposedly- harmless device has been linked to a death. >> that i
. >>> still ahead, safety on the rails, the governor's of maryland, virginia and d.c. afraid of the metro system. what they're planning to do. >>> coming up, local researchers found a way to speed up the detection of dangerous organisms, buying time that could save lives. >>> lucky to be alive. the freak accident, a horse managed to survive. >>> it's a sunny, mild, calm afternoon, things can change. get your updated forecast. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> a series of mistakes by a california couple ends with the baby dead in the car. they left the baby in the car for 13 hours because each thought the other brought the baby inside. they found the baby, it was 78 degrees outside but the heat inside the car was must worse. >>> a horse in tennessee is a walking miracle. a horse returned home after being impaled by a tree limb. after several surgeries, he was allowed to go home to his own barn. >> a new tool to fight bio terrorism is tested and it could save lives by saving crucial time. it's won. >>> a sampling device. >> it works rapidly, it takes on the order of 30 minutes to identify a
and central virginia. it is widespread. there is dense fog literally everywhere here for your morning commute t will mix as soon as the sun gets up and it should be a mostly sunny day. it will be nice this affect. right now, upper 40s and low others. 48 in baltimore. 48 in frederick. so temperatures are fairly comfortable to start the day. early fog, plenty of afternoon sun. enjoy the afternoon temperature, 72. we have the dense fog advisory in effect until 9:00 this morning. i'll show you the map where the dense fog advisory is located in just a moment. >> thank you. >>> a d.c. school principal found murdered in his silver spring home one week ago will be laid to rest today. there is a funeral for bryan betts in his home town of manassas. his vehicle had been abandoned in southeast washington. >>> right now, 11 workers are still missing following an oil rig explosion off the coast of louisiana. more than 100 workers were on board tuesday night when the blast happened about 50 miles offshore in the gulf of mexico. seventeen people were hurt, four of them critically. >>> just about on track. a
a preliminary briefing today on the west virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners. inspections of over 200 mines in west virginia have been ordered by governor joe manchin. he wants miners to help with the safety inspections. and he wants to honor the victims of the april 5th accident by pausing mine production tomorrow. >>> democrats and republicans are squaring off over the president's new plan to protect taxpayers in the case of another major bank failure. after talks in the white house, republicans ripped into the bill, saying it would protect big banks, hurt small banks and guarantee more taxpayers footing of the bill. >> an unfettered market, where people are taking huge risks and expecting taxpayers to bail them out when things go sour is simply not acceptable. >> it's a bill that actually guarantees future bailouts of wall street banks. >> to bailout or not to bailout. >> the new season of bailouts. >> back door bailouts. >> the bill could make its way to the senate floor as early as next week. so, how would it keep an eye on banks and help protect taxpayers? here's our jon kar
>>> this morning on early "today," tragedy in west virginia, a deadly explosion rocks a coal mine in the worst u.s. mine disaster in decades. >>> switching sides. afghan president hamid karzai threatens to join the taliban. >>> and, kings of the court. duke just slip by america's favorite underdogs to become duke just slip by america's favorite underdogs to become ncaa top dogs. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with a devastating disaster. there are now at least 25 confirmed deaths, and four unaccounted for after an explosion ripped through a west virginia coal mine, in the worst u.s. mining disaster since 1984. a search has been halted for the four missing miners who would have enough food and water to survive for 96 hours, if they are alive and mobile. the explosion happened yesterday afternoon, about 30 miles south of charleston. the federal mine safety and health administration says miners were leaving on a vehicle that takes them in and out of the long shaft when the blast happened. now, the cause of
a surprise stop off in her first solo international trip. >>> and west virginia governor calling for an independent investigation into the deadly mine explosion. >>> and coming up next, the district looking to raise parking fees and fines to raise much-needed revenue for the city. officials say it's to help encourage good driving but triple-a said it's unfair. lon anderson from triple-a atlantic will join us to explain that view. time now 7:11. it's 45 degrees.  [ female announcer ] hurry! get to the jcpenney lowest prices of the season sale! and for jcp rewards members only: earn a $10 reward certificate for every 50 you spend, $20 for every 100, and $30 for every 150 -- no limits! plus, don't miss doorbusters. discover how low low can go with $4.99 junior's tops and 60% off st. john's bay polos for him. classic towels are just $2.99. and all kids' swimwear is 55% off. go to jcp.com to see everything on sale. jcpenney. the risk-takers. the visionaries. the entrepreneurs... who put it all on the line to build and run their own businesses. at at&t, we know something
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